Maine CUs Raise Record $32,200 For Maine Children's Cancer Program Through Annual Bball Tourney
February 12, 2015
On Sunday, February 8, nearly 300 players and 50 teams took the court at USM in Gorham to help Maine’s credit unions raise $32,200, a record amount at the 21st Annual Swish-Out Childhood Cancer Challenge, for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program. Coordinated and organized by Maine's credit unions, this is Maine's longest, continuous-running, charity 3-on-3, co-ed basketball tournament.
The winners of the Adult Divisions were: Elite – VTEC Training Center; Just For Fun – The Skywalkers (Long Creek Development Center staff); and Not-So-Over-The-Hill (45 and over) - VTEC Training 2. Greely Middle School took top honors in the Junior Division.
In addition to the double elimination tournaments, the event also included a silent auction where attendees bid on donated items such as Red Sox tickets, Celtics tickets, gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses and much more. While Maine’s credit unions present and provide significant support to the event each year, there are other generous sponsors that support the event including: Kepware Technologies, Five County Credit Union, The Jackson Laboratories, Back In Motion Physical Therapy, Hannaford Supermarkets, Martin's Point Healthcare, CU Promise, Moody's Collision Centers, Portland Sea Dogs, Time Warner Cable, The University of Southern Maine, WEX and WPOR (101.9) Radio.
In 1994, with seven teams, Jon Paradise, the Maine Credit Union League's VP of Governmental & Public Affairs, founded the Swish-Out Childhood Cancer Challenge and raised just over $500.00. In its history, the event has raised more than $320,000 to help children with cancer and their families. This is the longest, continuous running, 3-on-3, charity basketball tournament in Maine.
“Maine’s credit unions are about supporting the community in a variety of ways from ending hunger to fighting childhood cancer. The involvement of the community in this event aligns perfectly with the cooperative spirit credit unions. We are very proud to be a part of it but it is a community effort and not only has grown to raise significant funds for children with cancer and their families but also raise awareness. 100% of everything we raise each year goes directly to helping at MCCP,” Paradise explained, adding, “It’s great to see people of all ages involved, and the strong support from sponsors and attendees.”